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Offline taiidantomcat

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2013, 02:21:03 AM »


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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2013, 05:30:47 AM »
on that video, they show the gun having some kind of recoil buffer/recuperator action going...reminded me of SP Arty.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #27 on: March 19, 2013, 03:53:55 AM »
Merkava prototype with M48 turret:



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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #28 on: March 19, 2013, 05:48:18 PM »
Interesting.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #29 on: March 20, 2013, 05:09:34 PM »
Maybe a PLA version?  Similar schemes to these maybe:





Not a bad idea! That is the PLA using the Merk as the basis for their Army modernisation. After all for a good part of a decade the Israeli's were willing to be 'French', in that they were prepared to sell anything and everything to the PRC. That was until like the French, Israel was used, abused and discarded once the PRC had squeezed all the goodness (technology and knowhow) out of them!

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2014, 02:40:21 PM »

Sholef - Merkava based self propelled gun


Namer IFV

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2014, 10:35:45 AM »
anti aircraft- vls in rear "troop bay" and 30mm Vulcan :) in turret or the old standby twin 20/30mm gepard style turret :icon_sleep:.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2014, 11:19:37 AM »
Would like to see a US Namer with M-1 road wheels, idlers, sprockets and tracks, basically Namer hull and M-1 automotive components for commonality with US Army fleets.  With the extra space in the Namer the GT could be part of a hybrid electric drive including an APU and battery pack.


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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2014, 09:13:44 PM »
the old standby twin 20/30mm gepard style turret :icon_sleep:.


There's one on here!

http://beyondthesprues.com/Forum/index.php?topic=2068.0


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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2014, 03:48:01 AM »
I sure hope that Meng Models follows their latest efforts with a decent model of the Namer APC/IFV.  There is no way I am paying three figures for a resin Namer!
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2014, 04:30:16 AM »
I'd expect Hobbyboss to do one soon, they already have the Namer ARV:


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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2014, 05:13:44 AM »
I'd expect Hobbyboss to do one soon, they already have the Namer ARV:



Either one at this point would be most welcome.  :)
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #39 on: July 17, 2014, 03:44:22 AM »
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #40 on: July 22, 2015, 10:11:35 AM »
Here is a thought for some of the older Merkavas. Replace the turret with a purpose built tank support one similar to the Russian BMP-T. Either two 30 - 35 mm autocannons or a single 75 mm autocannon. Some Spike missile launchers. A Sampson remote weapon system or two. Crew of say 5 plus a 6 person dismount section. Use the LIC heavy duty side skirts and add other modular armor to the body. Possibly upgrade the engine and transmission as well.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #41 on: July 22, 2015, 10:31:17 AM »
A Merkava load carrier with modular interchangeable rear compartments, perhaps also including VLS Spike ER version.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #42 on: July 23, 2015, 02:35:14 AM »
Here is a thought for some of the older Merkavas. Replace the turret with a purpose built tank support one similar to the Russian BMP-T. Either two 30 - 35 mm autocannons or a single 75 mm autocannon. Some Spike missile launchers. A Sampson remote weapon system or two. Crew of say 5 plus a 6 person dismount section. Use the LIC heavy duty side skirts and add other modular armor to the body. Possibly upgrade the engine and transmission as well.

I like your idea.

In the real world, there is the Merkava LIC ("Low intensity conflict"), which has mods for counter-insurgency, urban style warfare though nothing as significant as you suggest.

Personally, I would use the Namer as the basis for a Merkava BMP-T.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #43 on: July 23, 2015, 08:41:20 AM »
Here is a thought for some of the older Merkavas. Replace the turret with a purpose built tank support one similar to the Russian BMP-T. Either two 30 - 35 mm autocannons or a single 75 mm autocannon. Some Spike missile launchers. A Sampson remote weapon system or two. Crew of say 5 plus a 6 person dismount section. Use the LIC heavy duty side skirts and add other modular armor to the body. Possibly upgrade the engine and transmission as well.

I like your idea.

In the real world, there is the Merkava LIC ("Low intensity conflict"), which has mods for counter-insurgency, urban style warfare though nothing as significant as you suggest.

Personally, I would use the Namer as the basis for a Merkava BMP-T.

New production Namers? I was reason I was thinking older Merks was the fact that Israel tends to keep rebuilding AFVs as needed. Take older Merk I and IIs, add items from the LIC package, cameras, etc with newer drivetrain.

If only someone made a Namer in 1/35 that wasn't well over $100. I am tempted to use the Merkava ARV for one though.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #44 on: July 24, 2015, 03:01:05 AM »

If only someone made a Namer in 1/35 that wasn't well over $100. I am tempted to use the Merkava ARV for one though.


One could use the Hobby Boss Merkava ARV (which last time I looked were below $100) as a starting point:



Maybe add something such as a Master-X 1/35 RCWS 30 Turret:



or a Live Resin 1/35 Remote Controlled Weapon Station For MRAPs and M1 Abram:



to it.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #45 on: July 24, 2015, 07:40:09 AM »
I am looking at the Master-X kit for a turret-less Bradley.

The Live Resin kit is being considered for something.  Just not sure what yet. 

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #46 on: July 31, 2015, 01:05:14 PM »
Another Merkava hovertank from long ago

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #47 on: August 01, 2015, 02:53:11 AM »
^^^^^
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #48 on: November 02, 2015, 03:42:01 PM »
Gents,

first time poster here, and I thought I'd bring this to your attention, a new IDF APC, as seen at http://tankandafvnews.com/.

Reading the article, there is also mention of an 8x8 vehicle with the same hull; this may be of interest to some here.

Kylie

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #49 on: November 02, 2015, 03:49:48 PM »
Welcome to Beyond The Sprues Kylie, I recognize your name from the forums at Missing-Lynx.  Hopefully you will find us a bit more relaxed here at BTS ;)
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